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Purely Coincidental


Published 1970


This film, aimed at food factory employees, lays on the heavy melodrama to make its point about the food safety. Guilt, assembly lines of food products and a dramatic soundtrack make this an A/V Geeks favorite.


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Production Company Gerald T Rogers Productions
Audio/Visual sound, color


Reviews

Reviewer: gr8fuljer - - January 8, 2009
Subject: Football and Genetics
As I always have suspected Packers fans are dog killers and Bears fans are people killers....and can someone tell me how Mommy and Daddy, who are both brown-eyed brunettes have a lily-white blue-eyed blond daughter?
Reviewer: uncleslappy38 - - September 25, 2007
Subject: duuuuuuuuke!!!
wow, these are two of the worst factories ever. mistake after mistake. i expect more from a dog food factory.

and is it just me, or is that guy really close to beating his wife over the death of duke?

one of my favorites
Reviewer: Spuzz - - January 9, 2006
Subject: Duke? DUKE?? DUUUUUUUUUKE!!
Hoary melodrama about one guy who works in a dog food cannery who¡¦s daughter gets food poisoning, while meanwhile, in another town, another guy, who works in a human food cannery, his dog dies from food poisoning! So we have two similar stories, 2 similar scene chewing wives (the wife responding to the dog dying is priceless) and 2 different plants, but similar glaring food safety violations. Actually, I wonder if a lot has changed, since food poisoning still is quite common, but apparently not as common when this was made, judging by the young girl¡¦s Father, who is just aghast at the very idea. Finally, had to make a comment about the soundtrack, which is well, one drum. Very minimalist and quite campy.
Reviewer: Christine Hennig - - October 2, 2004
Subject: Oh, the Irony! Oh, oh, oh, the Irony!!
This maudlin industrial safety film has a convoluted plot. It features two guys who like to huntÂÂone who works in a dogfood plant, the other in a food processing plant. Both plants are chockfull of food handling violations, which are announced by scary synthesizer whines on the soundtrack, but which are nevertheless completely unnoticed by anybody. The guy who works in the dogfood plant uses a drill to fix a broken canning line, creating iron shavings which he casually brushes into an empty can. Before he can dispose of the can, he is called away from the line, and another clueless worker puts the can on the line to be filled with dogfood. Meanwhile, the guy who works in the food processing plant gets grease all over his fingers fixing a broken packaging machine, then later handles dough with the same greasy fingers. By an incredible coincidence, his prize hunting dog is killed from eating the can of dogfood with the iron shavings in it, while a package of contaminated food from his plant is eaten by the dogfood plant guy's little girl, who gets a bad case of food poisoning and has to have her stomach pumped, causing her mom to go into hysterics (good thing she wasn't Eggbert's mom!). Both guys complain bitterly to their friends that those guys in those other plants just don't care about food safety. Then they meet and befriend each other at a hunting lodge, still clueless about their coincidental attachment. Oh, the irony! This is one of the most labored films I've ever seen. The film makers try so hard to sell their point and are so unconvincing. There should be some sort of award for that.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: ***. Overall Rating: ****.
Reviewer: trafalgar - - September 12, 2004
Subject: Instant Karma!
The swift hand of cosmic justice causes death, mayhem and misery for factory workers who carelessly disregard the rules of hygiene and food safety. This is the story of two workers who inadvertently screw up each other's lives by not washing their hands, ignoring safety warnings, etc. Nicely put together, with some real scenery-chewing on the part of the actors, and a couple of great Chicago accents...
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